Facebook today updated its native Android app with new features for all users as well as those using Facebook Home. You can download the new version now directly from Google Play.
The biggest change is undoubtedly the option to more easily change who can see something you’ve shared (Public, Friends, Only me, or Custom). Too often I see Facebook friends sharing statuses they really shouldn’t be, at least not publicly.
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Next up is the ability to send multiple photos in a single message. This isn’t a huge improvement but it is particularly useful if you just took a few snaps and want to share them all at once with one or more people on the social network.
The full changelog for the app is as follows:
- Easily change who can see something you’ve shared.
- Send multiple photos in a single message—just tap the +.
- Stability and memory improvements.
- New if you’re using Facebook Home: Customize your app launcher by dragging the apps you use most to a new favorites tray.
- Bug fixes.
As you can see, this update also includes a new feature for Facebook Home: a favorites tray that lets you add apps you want to keep track of. It’s handy, sure, but the feature won’t likely change most people’s minds about Home.
If you’re wondering why this is part of the main Facebook for Android update, it’s because Facebook set up Home to interface with the main Facebook app to do all the work. The upside is you can just update Facebook for Android to get the updates for both apps.
That being said, you’ll still need to get Facebook Home if you don’t have it yet. Notice the updated changelog for Home includes the corresponding last two points above.
We’ll keep you posted as Facebook builds out Home, as well as its broader strategy for Android.
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